World Rugby First Aid in Rugby Level 1

Course Cost: FREE

Scottish Rugby are working in partnership with World Rugby to provide a first aid in rugby qualification for club and school volunteers who may be asked to respond to an injured rugby player. 


On successful completion of the course, a pitch side responder will be able to:

  • Plan and risk assess for potential emergency situations at sports grounds.
  • Appreciate safety hazards for a first aider.
  • Protect the neck and perform an assessment of airway, breathing and circulation.
  • Recognise the difficulties in telling major and minor injury apart in the early stages – particularly head injuries
  • Recognise cardiac arrest and perform effective basic life support and safe defibrillation.
  • Initially manage a potentially spinally injured player safely in an emergency situation.
  • Understand the role of the first aider in the chain of survival.
  • Manage common limb injuries including sprains, strains and fractures.
  • Activate appropriate help  

Course Outline

This course is delivered by World Rugby Medical Educators*, and will last approximately 8 hours.

*Healthcare professional or other persons on application with World Rugby Level 2 ICIR or equivalent training and the World Rugby Medical Educator accreditation.


Completion of online pre-requisites and full attendance required. This course is competence based and involves on-course appraisal. It involves both classroom and outdoor practical activities, where coaches will be expected to participate fully in all sessions. 

Application Procedures

Select the link on your chosen venue to register your details via our eventbrite online application form. Places are limited to 12 candidates for each course and places are allocated on a first come first served basis. 


Candidates are required to be 16 years of age or over before they can be registered for qualification. They must also provide evidence of having completed the following:-

Completion of:

  1. First Aid in Rugby: World Rugby Educational Resource - complete the module online at:

  2. Concussion Management - complete the module online at:

  3. World Rugby RugbyReady self-check test – do the test online at


First Aid in Rugby Level 1 Courses 

Further dates will be added in the coming weeks


Please contact Claire Scott, Coach Development Administrator ( 0131 346 5167; 07773 082924) should you have any questions.


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